It’s not often that a cocktail sees its day in court. But in 1936, the BACARDÍ® Cocktail—a take on the Daiquiri’s traditional combination of rum, lime and sugar with the addition of a splash of real grenadine—went all the way to the New York State Supreme Court.
The lawsuit, the first of its kind, was sparked by the discovery that the drink was being served by a number of New York City hotel bars that made the drink using spirits other than BACARDÍ rum.
In an effort to protect consumers, and serve them exactly what they’d ordered, the case for standardizing the ingredients to always include BACARDÍ rum was argued and won. Now, every time you see a BACARDÍ Cocktail on a menu, it’s most certainly made with BACARDÍ rum.
Even today—more than 100 years since the drink appeared in the 1914 edition of Jacques Straub’s cocktail tome, “Drinks”BACARDÍ is still taking steps to celebrate classic cocktails through its sponsorship of the annual USBG Legacy competition.
Now in its 10th year, the competition challenges the world’s most promising bartenders, who aspire to be the best in the business and create simple, balanced cocktails that can easily be served at bars all over the world—in other words, the next generation of classic cocktails.
The Legacy competition stems from a back-to-the-basics approach to find drinks that can join the aspirational ranks of the Cuba Libre, Mojito and Daiquiri. The hope is to find another cocktail that will be enjoyed and loved 100 years from now—much like the BACARDÍ Cocktail.